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Is Behavioral Economics Doomed? The Ordinary versus the Extraordinary (English Edition)
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Is Behavioral Economics Doomed? The Ordinary versus the Extraordinary (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

David Levine

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It is fashionable to criticize economic theory for focusing too much on rationality and ignoring the imperfect and emotional way in which real economic decisions are reached. All of us facing the global economic crisis wonder just how rational economic men and women can be. Behavioral economics – an effort to incorporate psychological ideas into economics – has become all the rage.

This book by well-known economist David K. Levine questions the idea that behavioral economics is the answer to economic problems. It explores the successes and failures of contemporary economics both inside and outside the laboratory. It then asks whether popular behavioral theories of psychological biases are solutions to the failures. It not only provides an overview of popular behavioral theories and their history, but also gives the reader the tools for scrutinizing them.

Levine’s book is essential reading for students and teachers of economic theory and anyone interested in the psychology of economics.

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  • Editeur : Open Book Publishers (11 septembre 2012)
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Get the other side of the argument 26 septembre 2012
Par Herbert Gintis - Publié sur
David Levine is a fine, lucid, relaxed writer who conveys complex information in a straightforward manner without compromising the fundamental issues.

I quite agree with his argument that substantive rationality is shortchanged in many behavioral economics papers and books. I have argued this position at length in my book The Bounds of Reason (Princeton, 2009).

I have three problems with his argument.

First, who are these "behavioral economists" whom he critiques? He mentions the neuroeconomists (but only a couple). Is Vernon Smith on his Bad Guy list? Am I? Who exactly is? Is Ernst Fehr? Do NO "behavioral economists" escape his critique? If so, who escapes? Without such a list, Levine is making the mistake of appearing bigoted (everyone who belongs to a certain group has a particular quality) and of disliking the evidence. Theorists should NEVER critique experimentalists except for running bad experiments in a true science.

Second, Levine seriously underestimate the importance of social preferences. This is just a scientific error and it does not further his argument because he agrees that social preferences can be rational.

For instance, his analysis of voting is just silly. He shows in voting experiments in the laboratory that the participation rate can be explained by simple self-interest. However, people vote in elections because they have social preferences for democracy and collective political solidarity. Levikne overgeneralizes from his experiment that social preferences and morally-based incentives are not relevant to voting. In fact, voting in a democracy is a perfect example of the deep importance of our moral constitution. Why on earth would he want to deny this, or even diminish it as an important social fact? I cannot imagine.

Third, he confuses rationality with common knowledge of rationality in your discussion of backward induction. He should know better than this, and if you doesn't, he can read my paper on the topic on my web site (or Bounds of Reason).
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great book 16 juin 2014
Par Leandro Zipitría - Publié sur
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This is an excellent book about conflicts -or not- between economics and behavioral economics.Although is mathematically simple, is pretty formal in its reasoning -so non technical readers could found it difficult to follow. It uses the tools of game theory to contrast solutions in economics and to show that most "irrational" results in economics are just... rational. It is funny to read, and is written pretty informally.
I think that Levine has a point in his book, which is not meant to say that behavioral economics is doomed. The fine line is in which settings behavioral economics has a better answer for economic problems, or otherwise; which theory adjust better for general problems, and which to specific.
A must read for those interested in microeconomics or behavioral economics.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Thought Provoking... Makes you think 6 septembre 2013
Par Sandeep Bhasin - Publié sur
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First things first: This book is all about Nash Equilibrium and the author has worked extremely hard to explain a simple thing: Old Wine in new bottle means nothing. The books starts with the explanation of Game Theory as nothing beyond the theory of social situations. This definition is taken forward with various arguments, pro and against, to help you get a better understanding of the concept of so-called Old and the New theories, such as "Please observe that the notion that we are uncertain about the world we live in and about the people we interact with is at the very core of game theory."... and I completely agree with this argument. The author moves on to the new theories of behavioral economists and asks genuine questions, which, to say the least, make you think. The best chapter of the the book is the conclusion part, where the author works on explaining you on the similarities and differences between Psychology, Neuroscience and Economics.

Don't think twice. Just pick this book. Its worth every penny.
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